VolunteerMatch + Causecast: New Partnership Increases the Power of Corporate Volunteerism

VolunteerMatch and Causecast launch partnership

As a nonprofit, VolunteerMatch believes in making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. We also believe we aren’t the only ones who hold this belief, and that by joining forces with other like-minded organizations, we can create an even greater impact together.

That’s why we’re so excited by this week’s announcement of our partnership with Causecast, a smart and innovative corporate giving and volunteering platform and like-minded organization.

Together we’ve created a new opportunity that promises to not only serve more businesses interested in giving back but also better serves the 100,000+ nonprofits using VolunteerMatch to more effectively tap into the skills and talents of volunteers across the county.

Causecast is the first CSR platform to take advantage of VolunteerMatch’s new Network Access Provider program to allow its customers and their employees to access the entire VolunteerMatch network seamlessly within their application. It will give Causecast’s customers 100,000 new opportunities to make their volunteering programs more strategic, scalable and irresistible while making it easier for the nonprofit sector to find the talented volunteers they need.

Corporate volunteerism is on the rise. If you don’t believe me, just look at the latest Giving in Numbers report by CECP. It shows that the number of large companies offering paid volunteer time off (VTO) rose by 5% from 2012 to 2014, and corporate pro bono programs grew by 11% in that same timeframe. The benefits for companies, employees, and communities are well-documented, and we’ve seen firsthand how the time, talent and passions of employees can make a real difference for the causes they care about most.

This is a big step forward for VolunteerMatch, and we hope it will be the beginning of a new chapter that will reduce the fragmentation and friction that is frustrating the nonprofit sector’s capacity to effectively engage the time and talent of corporate volunteer programs, while at the same time growing the field of corporate engagement by giving customers more choices.

We are very proud that VolunteerMatch is the biggest fish in the volunteer engagement pond. But it is time for us to play an even bigger role in a much bigger pond, not as the biggest fish, but as a community builder bringing together the school of fish towards a common goal of serving the nonprofit sector with talented corporate volunteers.

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Causecast and VolunteerMatch Launch Groundbreaking Partnership

VolunteerMatch and Causecast announce groundbreaking partnershipWe’re excited to announce our partnership with Causecast, a giving and volunteering technology solution that helps companies reach the highest levels of employee engagement and social impact.

Check out the press release announcing the partnership below, and check back this week as we explain in more detail how this expands the reach of your nonprofit’s VolunteerMatch.org listings. 

Causecast and VolunteerMatch Launch Groundbreaking Partnership To Make the Most Comprehensive Volunteer Engagement Network Available to Corporate Employees

San Francisco – January 25, 2016 – Causecast, the most innovative platform for irresistible corporate giving and volunteering programs, and VolunteerMatch, the largest online volunteer engagement network, have launched a groundbreaking partnership to integrate VolunteerMatch functionality into the Causecast software — making thousands of locally relevant volunteer opportunities from over 100,000 nonprofits available to employees all over the world. By bringing VolunteerMatch opportunities into Causecast, companies of all sizes can further diversify their existing volunteer programs to feature volunteer opportunities sourced through VolunteerMatch, Causecast for Nonprofits, and company exclusive opportunities.

“We’re proud of this addition, which builds upon our firm belief in the critical role of cross-sector collaboration,” says Ryan Scott, founder and CEO of Causecast. “We are always seeking ways to make it easier for nonprofits to get access to the resources they need — and for companies to provide the full breadth and depth of their support.”

“As a nonprofit, we have a commitment to expand our social impact,” says Greg Baldwin, President, VolunteerMatch. “By opening up our network to great partners such as Causecast, we are making it easier for our 100,000+ nonprofits to find the talented volunteers they need.”

Causecast and VolunteerMatch have executed an agreement that makes the new functionality available to Causecast partners immediately. VolunteerMatch is a premium feature on the Causecast platform, and inclusion is optional and available at a low cost, based on the number of users. For more information or to request a demo, visit www.causecast.com/demo or www.volunteermatch.org.

About Causecast

Causecast is the leading cause engagement company for corporations, providing a one-stop modern employee engagement solution for companies of all sizes. Causecast is a true SaaS model that has revolutionized the way companies manage corporate volunteering, donations, matching, and cause campaigns ranging from disaster relief to competitive crowdfunding. The highly interactive, mobile, and social platform leverages social media and automation for sophisticated story capture and to facilitate a culture of giving back within the workplace.

Learn more about Causecast at www.causecast.com, and follow @Causecast.

About VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch believes everyone should have the chance to make a difference. As the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network, serving 100,000 participating nonprofits, 150 network partners and 13 million annual visitors, VolunteerMatch offers unique, award-winning solutions for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make this vision a reality. Since its launch in 1998, VolunteerMatch has helped the social sector attract more than $6.8 billion worth of volunteer services.

Learn more about VolunteerMatch at www.volunteermatch.org, and follow @VolunteerMatch.

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Volunteer Opportunities are Now Just a Text Away!

Volunteering is now just a text away, thanks to Twilio!At VolunteerMatch, our mission is to make it easy for good people and good causes to connect.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with cloud communications platform Twilio to advance that mission even further this holiday season.

Using VolunteerMatch’s API, Twilio has built a feature that allows people interested in volunteering to receive local volunteer opportunities straight to their phones via text message.

Give it a try!

Simply text your zip code to (314) 282-8630, and you’ll instantly receive a text back with volunteer opportunities in your area. You can also include keywords based on your volunteering interests, such as “Holiday”, “Cats”, or “Hunger”.

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Nonprofits, this means it’s easier than ever for prospective volunteers to find and respond to your VolunteerMatch listings. And volunteers, it’s easier than ever to give back to your community in a way that’s meaningful to you.

A huge thank you to Twilio for making this possible and spreading the holiday spirit of giving. To read more about this project, specifically the technology behind it, check out Twilio’s blog.

No More Waiting; Start Finding Volunteers Right Away

waiting-410328_1920Since VolunteerMatch started back in 1998, we’ve been inviting eligible organizations seeking volunteers to post volunteer opportunities for free.

Fast forward 17 years, and over 100,000 organizations have used our site to find the volunteers they need. AND we’ve recently facilitated 10 million connections between these nonprofits and potential volunteers.

In other words, we’ve grown to be the organization we are today because of our network of nonprofits. And we’re always working behind the scenes to improve the VolunteerMatch experience for these organizations.

The most recent improvements? We’ve rolled out updates to our registration process to make it easier than ever for new eligible organizations to come on board, join the VolunteerMatch network, and start finding volunteers quickly.

1st Registration ScreenHow? We’ve automated the approval process for 501(c)3 nonprofits registered with the IRS. These organizations can skip the wait and immediately start posting volunteer opportunities and linking to their donation pages.

Registration Screen 2

We’ve also completely changed the look and feel to make the registration process smoother and more intuitive. And not to mention a lot prettier – see the screenshot to the right!

A new search algorithm lets you easily see if someone you never met that worked for your organization 12 years ago had already set up a VolunteerMatch account, saving you from registering your organization all over again.

Finally, we’ve consolidated steps, such as adding a photo and your social media URLs right when you sign up.

Basically, if your organization isn’t registered on VolunteerMatch yet, it’s the perfect time! Sign up today.

When People Say “I Want to Help!” 10 Million Times

For the past few weeks, everyone here at the VolunteerMatch office has been paying close attention to our live connection map. This map lets us see, in real time, every time someone clicks the “I want to help!” button on a VolunteerMatch listing.

So, why have we been watching this map so closely?

We’ve been counting down to a huge milestone: 10 million connections created between nonprofits and potential volunteers. And at around 7 a.m. on Monday October 5, 2015, the 10,000,000th prospective volunteer clicked “I want to help!”

You may be saying, “So what?” Well, we all celebrated with cake, so that was something to look forward to:

VolunteerMatch celebrate 10,000,000 connections with cake!

But besides that, it actually says a lot about the world of volunteering.

When a volunteer clicks, “I want to help!”, that’s just the beginning. The initial click is a good intention. It’s an opportunity for nonprofits to reach out and build a relationship with a new prospective volunteer. It’s a mutual hope to take action and make the world a better place.

What happens next? Well, according to our research, only about half of “I want to help!” clicks turn into actual volunteers. Why? Maybe the nonprofit never responded to the volunteer’s offer. Maybe it turned out it wasn’t a good fit once the volunteer and the nonprofit learned more about each other’s skills, schedule, and wants. Maybe the volunteer simply changed their mind.

So, out of 10 million online connections, about 5 million actually volunteered. 5 million. That’s not an inconsequential number. That’s 5 million opportunities for nonprofits to grow their capacity. That’s 5 million ways for volunteers give back, become a part of something, and/ or build their skills. 5 million chances to make our communities, and the world, just a little bit better.

Let’s break it down even more. On average, a volunteer will stay with an organization for 2.5 years. During those 2.5 years, they will volunteer 28 days at an average of 3 hours per day. Add all that together, and you have 150 hours per volunteer. What does that equal when multiplied by 5 million?

750,000,000 volunteer hours.

Let’s just step back and think about all that can be, and has been, accomplished with 750 million hours. To put it in perspective, that’s 1,205 entire lifetimes. Here are just a few examples of some of the volunteers and nonprofits making a big difference with their time. Oh, and a few more.

It’s amazing to think about everything that’s already been done, and what we all can accomplish, together, in the next 750,000,000 hours.